Kashmir Journalist Qazi Shibli detained under 107 CRPC, shifted to Srinagar Central Jail

August 4, 2020
Twitter: @QaziShibli

Srinagar: Kashmir Journalist Qazi Shibli has been booked under 107 CRPC and shifted to Srinagar Central Jail on Monday after he was summoned and eventually detained by Srinagar police last Friday.

On Thursday, Shibli, the editor of The Kashmiriyat, an Anantnag based news website, received a call from the cyber police Srinagar asking him to report to them the next day.

Accompanied by his family members, Shibli travelled from Anantnag to Srinagar the next day to report to the police.

He was however detained in the Shergari police station in Srinagar and his family, as per reports, was asked to go back home after they had waited for hours while Shibli was being questioned.

SSP Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal told The Kashmir Monitor that Shibli was detained under 107 CRPC (Security for keeping the peace in other cases) and shifted to Srinagar Central Jail. The law allows pre-emptive detention of a person based on suspicion.

SP Central Jail Srinagar, Tej Ram Katoch, said Shibli was brought to the jail on Monday.

“He has been placed in a separate cell as is the norm with any new inmate. We receive them only after they are confirmed COVID negative and then we place then in isolation for 12 days,” the Jail superintendent said.

This is the second time that Shibli has been detained.

In July last year, Shibli was detained under the Public Safety Act and placed in UP’s Bareilly jail for nine months.

He was detained after he had tweeted information about deployment of additional troops in J&K in July 2019.

Shibli was released April 13 after his detention was revoked during the decongestion of jails across India.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), meanwhile, has demanded that Shibli be immediately released.

“Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir must immediately release Qazi Shibli and allow him to return home,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, in Washington, D.C. “Indian authorities must end their harassment of journalists and allow them to do their jobs without interference.”

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Nisar Dharma

A journalist by chance with over six years of experience in reporting, editing, and curating content. Nisar has dual Masters Degrees in Mass Communication and Journalism, and English Literature. He has covered education, health, politics, and human rights. He likes working for a daily, though occasionally tries his pen in long-form to connect personal narratives with history. Nisar loves reading, and re-reading Orwell.

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